Picks Vol. 6
Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
disc - For annual subscribers only
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 12/21/69
page in process that may be of interest that was released in March:
The Duane Allman Retrospective
Picks Vol. 6 includes two complete shows. Part of the appeal of
this release, besides two great "Dark Star's" and lots
live Workingman's Dead material is that this music was lost,
but now its found. The liner notes tell the story as does DL's
release chat. In short a box of reels were discovered in an attic
and returned to the Grateful Dead, shipped up to Jeffrey Norman to
add his magic, and viola; Dave's Picks Vol. 6. The returned
reels were partial shows, and the vault had the other part, now we
have the complete concert. Hence, this kind release. There is more good
news, there will be more music in the future related to this
the two shows are within a month and a half of each other, there was a personnel change as Tom Constanten
(TC) left the band in January of 1970.
St. Louis from 2/20/70, show starts things off. I found this to be a
listen. The band released their
studio album Workingman's Dead in 1970 and they include four tracks
from that album spread throughout the set. The concert starts out with their
radio hit "Casey Jones." Mid way through the performance they
tackle both "Black Peter" and "Cumberland
Blues." The version of "Black Peter" is a big
standout for Jerry's vocals. The band played a handful of Pigpen
covers throughout the set. The versions are modest lengths for some of these
highlight of the show is a stunning three song sequence. It begins
with "Dark Star," which is a choice year for the song I
really like this period for "Dark Star" without TC, but before the 1972 versions
that added the tiger jams. It segues in a traditional way to St.
Stephen." The end of "Stephen" the band play around
for a moment and then break into the fast paced "Mason's
set has a good flow to it and is a very good listen as they get into a
new groove without TC in the band. Jerry voice sounds great throughout,
as does his, and Phil's playing. Noteworthy, Garcia
seems to have a edge to his playing where he is embracing a lot of
power chords, a bit Pete Townsend like. Likely trying to figure
what how to play without TC.
The sound quality of the show was
better than I expected. There is a fair amount of background vocals
the band engage in, which is not their strong suit.
sure glad I have my copy of this sold out release.
I'll see about getting some commentary of the 1969 show too. For
those counting, between the two shows within Dave's Picks Vol. 6,
there six of the eight songs from Workingman's Dead; the two
tracks are "Dire Wolf" and "Easy Wind."
From the Grateful Dead website
Two complete shows, once missing reels filled with never-before-heard material, a previously unheard and quite majestic 1969 "Dark Star," a first-ever version of "New Speedway Boogie," a second-ever version of "Mason's Children".... We can hardly contain our excitement about
Dave's Picks Volume 6. The first major return of material to the vault since 2005's Houseboat Tapes,
Dave's Picks Volume 6 will feature 2 complete shows with never-before-heard material from 2/2/70 Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO and 12/20/69 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA. Long a mystery, the riddle of the 2/2/70 set list has now been solved and the music restored to its proper - and spectacular - sequence. 2/2/70 is also notable as the first show without Tom Constanten. Tom, however, makes his return to give his first-hand perspective on 12/20/69 in this volume's liner
Pigpen fiends, ask and you shall receive. Both shows feature loads of Pigpen including a major 35+ minute "Lovelight" from 12/20/69. Recorded by Bear with an excellent mix and sound quality, this very special release feels like a return to the classics.
This release sold out before the shipping date.